Travon Van’s eight-yard landing run early within the fourth quarter staked the B.C. Lions to a comeback 31-23 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday evening.
The Lions (3-4) ended their shedding skid at two video games whereas handing the Eskimos (5-3) their first loss in 4 outings.
Van made his first begin at operating again rather than the injured Jeremiah Johnson. His landing gave the Lions an insurmountable 27-20 lead.
It got here got here one play after defensive lineman Otha Foster pressured Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly to fumble after which recovered the ball himself.
B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay surpassed 20,000 passing yards for his profession as he accomplished 16 of 29 passes, together with one for an eight-yard landing toss to Kevin Elliott.
The Lions’ different factors got here on Chris Rainey’s 79-yard punt return and three area objectives, together with a career-best 51-yarder, two converts and two punt singles from Lengthy.
Reilly threw two landing passes and ran for one rating himself.
Nate Behar and Derrel Walker caught Reilly’s landing passes. Edmonton’s different factors got here from kicker Sean Whyte.
The Eskimos began by shifting up the sector with ease, following Jamill Smith’s opening kick-off return to the B.C. 39-yard line. Reilly opened the scoring with a 10-yard landing cross to Behar earlier than the sport was 4 and half minutes outdated.
The Lions obtained on the scoreboard with 51 seconds left within the first quarter as Lengthy booted a 25-yard area purpose. The three-pointer got here shortly after Emmanuel Arceneaux caught a shovel cross from Lulay on a reverse play and picked up 39 yards. With the catch, Arceneaux prolonged his reception streak to 109 video games.
Edmonton’s profitable pretend field-goal try led to a Reilly one-yard landing plunge early within the second quarter. The TD got here 4 performs after backup quarterback Danny O’Brien handed to Almondo Sewell, normally a lineman, for a 16-yard acquire off the pretend area purpose. Whyte’s 32-yard convert gave the Eskimos a 14-Three lead.
However a short time later, Rainey returned a punt 79 yards for a B.C. landing. After scoring, Rainey climbed some stairs to the stands and offered the ball to his spouse Jenn Hillenburg, who had their younger youngsters Makari and Makynli in tow. Lengthy’s single-point conversion lowered Edmonton’s result in 14-10.
It regarded just like the Lions have been going to take the lead when Lulay threw a 14-yard landing strike to Bryan Burnham. However the TD was nullified by a holding penalty.
On the subsequent play, Korey Jones intercepted a Lulay cross and took the ball 70 yards the opposite means. Lulay prevented a landing with a determined diving deal with, however his heroics have been short-lived. Reilly threw a 15-yard TD cross to Walker on the very subsequent play, and Whyte’s missed convert left the Eskimos with a 20-10 half-time lead.